As a multi-generation Nevada, schooling in both undergraduate and graduate school within Nevada was important to Judge Bluth. She attended college at the University of Nevada, Reno. Due to her academic achievements in high school she was gifted a full ride scholarship to the University. At UNR, Judge Bluth was very involved in the criminal justice department. She volunteered and worked under Professor Matt Leone who was working on a national study regarding criminal justice programs across the United States. Through this position, she contacted different criminal justice departments at various colleges across the country gathering information and statistics. This allowed Judge Bluth the opportunity to network with individuals in other criminal justice departments across the country and see how their departments worked in comparison with that of UNR.
While in college, Judge Buth worked alongside her father, William C. Jeanney at the law firm of Bradley, Drendel, and Jeanney. Judge Bluth worked for the firm all four years while also attending college. As a small child, Judge Bluth knew she wanted to be an attorney, so shortly after graduating high school she began working at this law firm. While working at the firm, she worked under all five of the firm’s partners. During this time she watched them in trial, accompanied them to depositions, arbitrations, mediations, and client meetings. During Judge Bluth’s time at this law practice, attorney Bill Bradley was working as a lobbyist. Judge Bluth aided him in research on several topics and accompanied him to meetings in Carson City. Judge Bluth was able to participate in the evolution of a legal concept to a legislative creation, the committee debates, the rewrites, the political maneuvering, and finally law. This experience was very beneficial to because it was her first insight into politics and how bills are formed, argued, and passed. It also allowed Judge Bluth the opportunity to meet other lobbyists and legislators. Lastly, it gave her great reference and guidance as to what legislative intent was and how this must be considered in the law’s application.
In college Judge Bluth was inducted into the International Golden Key Honor’s Society. This society was founded in 1977 to recognize academic achievement among college and university students. Golden Key has chapters at colleges and universities in Australia, The Bahamas, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and the United States. Membership into Golden Key is offered to undergraduate and graduate students recognized to be among the top 15% of their class by grade point average.
Due to her academic achievement at the University of Nevada, Reno as well as her first semester of law school Judge Bluth was given a scholarship to the William S. Boyd School of Law for a portion of her education there.
Judge Bluth began law school in August of 2004. During her first year of law school she worked part time at the law firm of Benson and Bingham. It was at this firm where she continued her learning of civil practice, specifically in the field of personal injury.
As a first year law student, Judge Bluth won second place in the William S. Boyd “Client Counseling Competition.” During the competition, students met with several “clients” who discussed different problems they were going through as a part of the lawsuit they were involved in; judges watched as these meetings occurred. The competition was designed to test law students on their ability to relate to and educate clients. Law students were also judged on their ability to walk a fine line between being compassionate and sympathetic, but also realistic in educating clients on the pros and cons of their position in the lawsuit. Judge Bluth was also the recipient of the “Cali Excellence for the Future” award for both contracts as a first-year law student and family law/community property as a third-year law student. The “Cali” award is given to the highest scoring student in each law school class. In her first semester of law school she was ranked in the top ten students (night division). As a result of that, Judge Bluth was afforded a partial scholarship for the rest of the year at Boyd.
As a third-year law student Judge Bluth was elected as the William S. Boyd’s Student Bar Association President. As President of the law school, she was afforded the opportunity to work with other student organizations in how they could better serve the community as a whole. She also worked with other “SBA” members in determining how to make the law school more successful and become a place where collegiate students all across the United States would want to attend. Lastly, Judge Bluth was in charge of the Student Bar Association’s budget, where she was tasked with raising money and then allocating it to the different student organizations. Judge Bluth had a passion for this role because it introduced her to students of all different areas of interest, for instance, the Asian American Bar Association, the Federalist Society, the Black Law Student Association, etc. As President, she got to work with all of these organizations, working towards the common goal, which was to make the law school even more successful than it already was.
As the President of the law school, Judge Bluth was also in charge of the Law Student Mentoring Program. This program matches a first-year law student with a third-year law student. The point of the program is for these two (2) individuals to be correctly matched so that the first-year student can have a mentor who can help them through the very difficult process of being a first-year law student. At the beginning of the year, Judge Bluth read each first-year law students’ application for the program. She then read each third-year law student’s application and then matched the two individuals whom she felt were best for one another. Not only did she run the program but she was also a part of the program and mentored multiple first-year law students. The Law Student Mentoring Program was an incredible experience because it allowed Judge Bluth the opportunity to get to know each first and third-year student who wished to be a part of the program.
Also, as a third year law student, Judge Bulth did an internship at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. Up to that point in her education, Judge Bluth believed that she would return to Reno and practice in the civil arena. It took just one week at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office for Judge Bluth to disocvery that her passion was in public service. This internship showed Judge Bluth what it was like to be a person who could fight for those without a voice and make this community a better place. After the internship, Judge Bluth immediately applied for a law clerk position at the District Attorney’s Office.
Paid for by the Committee to Retain Judge Jacqueline M. Bluth